‘Celebrating the Art of Living’ with a designer house tour

Philanthropic organization Near & Far Aid is readying for its annual designer house tour which opens the doors to six homes decorated by renowned designers in the enclaves of Westport and Southport.

Some of the scenes of the house tours.

Some of the scenes of the house tours.

NearFar-4The tour, Celebrating the Art of Living, will be held Friday, May 8.

“Near & Far Aid’s Designer House Tour captures elegance, beauty and unique design in Fairfield County, while supporting our organization’s commitment to provide a better future for men, women and children living in poverty,” said Bitsy Higgins of Westport, president of  Near & Far Aid. “Over the past two decades, Near & Far Aid has delivered over $16 million in aid to
targeted low-income communities across Fairfield County. We are grateful for the scores of volunteers, sponsors and homeowners who make this event a truly memorable day for our patrons year after year.”

Carol Timpanelli, a Trumbull resident, and longtime supporter of the arts with a philanthropic spirit, is the chairwoman of this year’s tour. She has served on the boards of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony, Downtown Bridgeport Cabaret Theatre, the Polka Dot Theatre, the Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival and the Trumbull Arts Commission.

To open the day’s event, Near & Far Aid will host a pre-tour breakfast at the Patterson Club in Fairfield where designer Alexa NearFar-1Hampton will discuss her design process and offer tips for tackling a renovation.

As the daughter of interior design legend Mark Hampton, she learned the language of good design, the vocabulary to speak it, and the elements that define it at an early age. Now an influential designers herself, Hampton has won awards for her design work on houses, apartments, planes, boats, furniture and cars.

Hampton also is the author of two critically praised books: The Language of Interior Design, and Decorating in Detail. She will be available for a book signing of her recent book, Decorating in Detail.

Ticket prices for the Designer House Tour are $65 in advance or $75 on the day of the tour. The Designer Breakfast is $75 and the Toast the Tour Cocktail Party & Car Show is $100 in advance or $125 at the door.

For more information, go to nearandfaraid.org.

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